Considered the birthplace of the Polynesian gods, Raiatea is home to countless important archeological treasures, including marae and petroglyphs, that tell the history of a unique, ancient civilization.
As well as having a fascinating history, Raiatea has many other treasures for you to discover in its mountains, valleys and magnificent lagoon. Less well-known internationally than Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora, it is a destination full of surprises, where you are sure to have an unforgettable vacation.
Getting around in Raiatea
The round island road is more than 50 miles long and you can rent a car at the airport or in the main town of Uturoa to explore Raiatea at your own rhythm. There are many taxis in the town and a reasonably reliable bus service with traditional Polynesian ‘trucks’. You can also hire bikes and e-bikes as well as motor scooters. Ferries leave for Taha’a several times a day and there are regular flights and ferries between Raiatea, Huahine and Bora Bora.
Experiences in Raiatea
Take a trip back in time to the beginnings of the Ma’ohi civilization, with a visit to the impressive Marae of Taputapuatea. The sacred force of Mana is almost palpable in this magnificent archeological site. There are numerous hiking trails in Raiatea, including one to the top of the magnificent Mount Temehani. Divers will enjoy going down to explore the wreck of the Nordby, which sank in 1900, especially as you can go on this dive at night as well.
Here is some practical information to help your vacation pass as smoothly as possible:
What is the best period for a vacation in Raiatea?
There’s no best period, you can go whenever you like.